When is the right time for the next Wake County school construction bond referendum to be held?
As noted in today's article, school board chairman Ron Margiotta thinks waiting until 2012 would improve the chances of the bond issue passing in this economic climate. But board member John Tedesco would prefer a 2011 October referendum, which would put it on the same ballot as the school board races.
Tedesco thinks people will like the new community assignment zones so much they'll want to vote for the bond. He thinks this will also improve the board majority's chances of picking up seats.
Tedesco also said he believes that people who vote in the school board elections are more knowledgeable about school issues than those who come out in general elections.
Tedesco wants to beat the late 2011 date for presenting the final version of the new assignment plan to the board that's in the staff's draft transition plan.
The transition plan has Wake setting the amount and date of the next school construction program during the second quarter of 2011. But Joe Desormeaux, assistant superintendent for facilities, said staff is thinking of a 2012 bond date.
A bond will be needed at some point. While four new schools are opening this year, there's only one school apiece scheduled to open in 2011, 2012 and 2014. No new schools are scheduled for 2013 unless they accelerate Rolesville High by a year. (I'm not counting the new early college partnership with N.C. State in 2011 on this list.)